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  1. Why Flightsimming Is Better Than Real Flying

    Here's why flightsimming is better than real flying:

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    While I admire those developers who create planes that require a real preflight inspection and keep track of the aircraft maintenance, there are days when I'd gladly give up that realism when at the airport, and just jump in the plane and go as you can do with a flightsim plane.

    Winter seems to have come early this year, and that's a good foot of wet heavy snow that has ...
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  2. Battle For The Airfield

    This has been a good week for me being at aviation events. I previously reported on my B-25 ride and then the weekend comes and it's time for the annual "Battle For The Airfield" at the Collings Foundation HQ not far from where I live. Since 1979 the Collings Foundation has assembled a collection of classic cars, historic aircraft and more recently military vehicles. The large bombers tour all around the country, some of the other flybable planes are based in warmer regions than New England, ...
  3. Today I Flew A Drone

    I think most of us here enjoy aviation in all its aspects, not just limited to simulated flight on a computer. I have a friend who has developed an interest in hobby drones and he found a friend who already owned one, so he invited me along to get a demonstration.

    This appears to be one of the most popular models available, the DJI Phantom III

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    This is not a toy and it's not cheap, at over $1000 for the model we saw.
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  4. You Never Know What You'll See At Your Local Airport

    Smaller airports can be fun to visit as you never know what will fly in. My local airport has a weekly drive-in / fly-in event once a week during the summer so it gets lots of cool cars as well as some fly-ins. You might see an ultralight or an old Cub fly in, or one week it was a Lake Amphibian. When I drove in for this week's event, though, something quite unusual had arrived:



    It looked like ...
  5. Flying Computers

    In the U.S. a pilot's license is good forever but to actually be able to use it there are various additional requirements, one of which is a flight review every two years where you go out with an instructor and demonstrate that you still know what you're doing with an airplane. My review was due this month and given that I had not flown all that much over the past year I asked to do a more thorough review than the regulations require.

    Today we were scheduled for the second flight ...
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